So - I am making my niece a bag for her birthday - it will be a "steampunk" bag (kind of), and I am trying to make it similar to a picture she sent me . . . the bag is leather and has a purse frame. I have never made a bag of leather (or pleather) and never used a purse frame before. Here is my first practice bag - I am open to suggestions on how to make it better!
So - I followed these tutorials on inserting purse frames:http://so-sew-easy.com/how-to-sew-coin-purse-with-a-sew-in-purse-frame/http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2006/12/purse_frames_de.html
only to discover, after getting most of the way through it, that the purse frame I was using was very different from theirs, in that the hinges go down way farther than the part that you sew onto the bag! I just went ahead and worked with what I had anyway . . . and it didn't come out horrible, but I am thinking there is a better way to do this.
anyhow - on to the pictures!
and here is where you can see how long the hinge parts are . . .
So - any thoughts on how to do that better? I have one more of this type of purse frame. The one I am going to use for my niece's bag is more like the kinds in the tutorial, so I am not as concerned about that - just would like to do better putting the other one of these in a bag.
Also - for the strap/handle - I have used a strap I made for a different bag for the purpose of the pictures - what do you think would make a good strap/handle for this one? I am thinking that if I can find bronze-toned swivel hooks, I can do a similar, simple strap, but thought that a chain of some sort might be good, too. Thoughts?
Thanks for looking, and all comments and criticism is welcome!